CHAMPCAR/CART: Tagliani to appear at Cleveland Auto Show

Rocketsports Champ Car World Series driver Alex Tagliani to appear at the Cleveland Auto Show. Alex Tagliani, driver of the ...

Rocketsports Champ Car World Series driver Alex Tagliani to appear at the Cleveland Auto Show.

Alex Tagliani, driver of the #33 Johnson Controls Lola will attend the Greater Cleveland Auto Show at the IX Center Wednesday, March 5 to promote the US Bank Presents The Cleveland Grand Prix scheduled for July 5 2003. Tagliani will sign autographs from 4-5 p.m. at the Cleveland Grand Prix booth and then again from 6-8 p.m. at the Ford exhibit.

"I'd love to go to Cleveland," said Tagliani, looking forward to the auto show. "I like to meet fans of open-wheel racing and I'd like them to get to know me. After all, we have a lot in common - our interest in cars and racing. The Cleveland night race will be a new thrill for all of us this year."

Although Champ Car has been racing in Cleveland since 1982, the "new thrill" this year will be the first-ever night race on the Burke Lakefront Airport course. Tagliani is no stranger to the temporary course, where he won the Most Improved Driver Award in 2002.

The US Bank Presents The Cleveland Grand Prix night race will be the largest temporary lighting project in the world, made possible with the ingenuity of Iowa-based Musco Lighting. Illuminating the Cleveland runways for the Grand Prix will require 22 enormous towers, which will provide the equivalent light of nearly one half-million car headlights. Tagliani and his fans will have the opportunity to get accustomed to racing under the lights during practice and qualifying sessions prior to the race.

Last season Tagliani finished a career-best eighth with 111 points in the Champ Car World Series standings. His 2003 season opener in St. Petersburg, Florida ended prematurely when contact with the tire barrier resulted in a 19 place finish. Next up in the Champ Car World Series schedule is the Tecate/Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix in Mexico, March 23.

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